Kim performing with Keb Mo and Bonnie Raitt.
I’ve been accused of having five different voices just because my voice is in different stages all the time. – Kim
I just call songs out. So I can do whatever I want and whatever the crowd wants. If they want more blues, I give them more blues. If they want more rock ‘n’ roll, I give them that. Nothing is written in stone. – Kim
You know, you can have a lot of potential and you could be thrilling people at a young age. But as you get older, and if you’re really singing it up, you can really turn it on as you get older, because experience means so much.
I’m just saying that because I am older. – Kim
In honor of September 11th
See The Kim Wilson Blues Review at Chans Egg Rolls and Jazz in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on September 19th! Tickets at http://www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com/calendar.htm
This is how I’ve made my living since I was a teenager. It hasn’t been easy but I’m doing something creative, something that’s satisfying to the soul. – Kim
“How have you changed as a singer over the years?”
Kim: I’ve changed as a singer in a lot of ways. I mean, basically I’ve just gotten better. Singing is a lifelong skill that you have to be a journeyman at for a long time. Some people have natural talent. I had a little bit of natural talent at it, but the people who I wanted to sing like were all the greatest singers ever. So, it’s still a work in progress.
I love people like Al Green, Otis Redding. But I can’t sing like them. I sing like me.
To emulate a singer… well, for one thing, that’s really going to get you in trouble as far as having your own thing. It’s kind of impossible to emulate anyone totally and it’s no way to live.
I think that it’s very important to have your own identity early on in music. – Kim